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Brook Dudley – Integrated sexual health service
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You can get pregnant from having unprotected vaginal sex. This includes if you have sex without using contraception, or if your method of contraception fails (such as a condom splitting or missing taking a pill).
If you think you are pregnant, it’s important to find out for certain as soon as possible. You can do this by taking a pregnancy test.
Make sure you test at least three weeks after when you could’ve become pregnant, else the test may not be accurate.
Where can I get a pregnancy test?
There are lots of places where you can get a pregnancy test for free and receive support. You could visit your GP or come to clinic during walk-in hours and we can give you a free pregnancy test. You can also phone us for support. You can also buy pregnancy tests from most supermarkets and pharmacies for £3-10.
If you find out you’re pregnant, you may feel happy and excited, or shocked, worried and upset.
Talk to your GP, midwife or talk to a health professional if you feel anxious. They can help you to understand what is happening to your body, or can give you advice if you don’t want to continue with your pregnancy.
If you are pleased to be pregnant then you can start receiving antenatal support from your local midwifery service. Your midwife will help to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy during pregnancy, and can answer any questions you have.
If you are not pleased to be pregnant then finding out early gives you more time to consider your choices.
If you are in a relationship, your partner could feel happy, have mixed feelings or be unhappy about the pregnancy, and may find it hard to talk about it. Talking about worries or concerns can be helpful. Talking to family or close friends or a health professional about the pregnancy may also be helpful, although the final decision is always your own.
What if I’m unsure?
Brook Dudley offers free pro-choice counselling, meaning no one will push you either to have an abortion, or continue with the pregnancy. They will listen to you and help you come to a decision, but the decision will be yours. You can phone Brook Dudley on 0300 373 0655 or drop in to the clinic during walk-in hours to talk things through with us.
If you do find out you’re pregnant and know you don’t want to continue your pregnancy, you can self-refer for an abortion directly by getting in touch with BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service). They have a phoneline, live chat and you can book an appointment online for a phone consultation with them.
You do not need to have seen your GP or sexual health clinic before referring to BPAS.
What is abortion?
Accessing Abortion Services
The Abortion Process